Justin LeBlanc via Crowdrise
January 15, 2013
GREEN COLLAR VETS wrote - $1 = 1 foot, why not put yourself down for 10 feet and help us get up this mountain!!!
Close your eyes, now imagine that you are a US Marine on an 8 hour patrol along the dusty streets of Southern Afghanistan... You feel your 70lbs of gear slowing each step and raising the temperature another 10 degrees from the already stifling 120 degree summer heat... Despite the discomfort, your mind is completely focused on your sector, you know that a moment's lapse in concentration can mean the difference between life and death. Each corner you round and each danger area you cross it seems that every breath is held, waiting for the almost inevitable sound of gunfire, RPGs or an IED blast...
Your whole world fills with dust and debris as an IED explodes not far from you. The shock wave lifts you and all your gear up off the ground and lands you hard several feet back... as your eyes open and you remember where you are, a quick inventory is necessary... both legs, check... arms good, check? can I still have kids, phew check... I think I'm ok. You look around and realize that your buddy may not have been as lucky as you. Your world spins faster now as the Medevac bird lands, lifting off again with your friend, no time to think about it though, you are still outside the wire and there may be more bombs planted to target responders. Finally back at your combat outpost you take a minute to think about how your buddy is and comfort yourself knowing that he'd want you to strap it all on and go out again tomorrow, but boy would you like an update on how he's doing...
Months later now the plane lifts off and you find yourself headed home. A strange mix of relief and sadness wash over you as you realize that although you managed to get out of there alive, you may have left more than you planned... certainly the memory of Cpl Joseph Whitehead would stay with you, the thought of one wrong step and having to see the look in the eyes of his family as you struggle to find the words explaining why him, why not you...
You land to the hugs and kisses of friends and family, the excited crowds of supporters treat you just the same as they did when you left, but you wonder... am I the same as when I left? As life gets back to normal you remember that you extended your contract to have enough time in service to go on this last deployment and a new challenge awaits you... transitioning back into the civilian workforce and a world that has drastically changed since you last remember it.
How do you put these experiences down on a resume without sounding like a war junkie? How can you be seen as a strong civilian candidate and not just a former jarhead? What do you even want to do now that you're getting out? Is what you did in the military even what you wanted to do in the first place or had you been volun-told by the military? All of these questions and an avalanche of new stress awaits our Veterans who are getting out of the service in record numbers thanks to a large-scale military drawdown. We ask you, Americans with a heart and a pulse to step up now and serve these Vets as they have so faithfully served this country... give them a fair chance to not only find a job, but a sustainable career in one of the most rapidly expanding and socially conscious industries in the world... The Green Revolution!
Raising a dollar for every foot climbed (Mt Kilimanjaro is 19,341' high) and looking for additional Veterans who want to take on the same challenge and raise the same amount for Green Collar Vets a non-profit developing private sector programs to re-train and transition Veterans from the active duty services.